Pune – The Army Day is celebrated every year on 15 January to mark the taking over of the Indian Army by the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, Lieutenant General (Later Field Marshal) K M Cariappa, OBE, on the 15 January 1948. He took over the reins of the Indian Army from Lieutenant General Sir Francis Butcher, KBE, CB, MC, the last British Commander-in-Chief.
The day is marked by ceremonial events all over India. To commemorate this momentous occasion the Southern Command organised a wreath laying ceremony at National War Memorial at Pune to pay homage to those who made supreme sacrifice while safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation.
The event was graced by Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command who layed the wreath in remembrance of the martyrs.
The Southern Command which is responsible for guarding the Western and Southern borders, has taken part in all major military operations since independence and has also provided succor to the citizens in times of natural calamities and other disasters. On this 71st Army Day, the brave officers and soldiers of the Southern Command resolve to uphold the greatest traditions of the Indian Army and serve the Nation and its people without any consideration to their personal safety or comfort.